Fine for unlicensed motor vehicle dealer (Hussein Hadi)
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer in Armadale has been fined $1,000 and ordered to pay costs of $569 after being convicted in his absence by the Perth Magistrates Court on 9 November 2018.
Hussein Hadi had bought and sold 13 vehicles from October 2016 to November 2017 without a licence in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said unlicensed car dealers are jeopardising consumers’ rights.
“Unlicensed dealers don’t offer warranties on their second-hand vehicles that are required by law, so consumers who have mechanical issues after their purchase from these illegal operators may find it difficult to get any redress,” Mr Hillyard said.
“The vehicles may also be sub-standard in quality and pose a safety risk to the occupants.
“The activities of backyard operators create an uneven playing field and undermine the integrity of the regulation of the industry.
“Consumers should not do any business with unlicensed motor vehicle dealers and report them to Consumer Protection.”
Consumers can check whether a motor vehicle dealer is licensed by doing a search on the Consumer Protection website: www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au. Unlicensed dealers can be reported by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
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